By Mary Nooter Roberts
University of California, Los Angeles
When art forms are made to affirm the status quo and to glorify the ruling body, we refer to them as "statement arts” (Roberts 1985). Such art forms serve either to commemorate particular heroes, rulers, or events or to enhance and reinforce status, position, wealth, and power. Statement art is more formal and often is intended to elevate the ruler to a superhuman position and signal the continuity of the kingship.